50 Friendsgiving and Thanksgiving Side Dishes for Every Feast
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50 Friendsgiving and Thanksgiving Side Dishes for Every Feast

Sure, turkey is all well and good. But, let’s be honest… sides are where it’s at on Thanksgiving. Whether you’re going with a traditional indulgent menu, trying to keep it semi-healthy or throwing a totally Paleo Thanksgiving dinner, the sides are what make the meal. That kind of pressure could be a stressor for some, but you have 50 side dishes right here that are *perfect* for any type of Thanksgiving gathering. Keep reading and get your Pinterest board ready, because this supporting cast is going to win you an award for best Thanksgiving hostess.

1. Sausage and Mushroom Stuffed Acorn Squash: This versatile dish could serve as a light main or a hearty side. It’s filled with homemade turkey sausage, woodsy herbs and mushrooms for an all-in-one earthy Thanksgiving treat. (via The Girl on Bloor)

2. Stuffed Butternut Squash: Onion, pomegranate and various herbs and spices make this savory/sweet dish a great addition to your meal. If you’re looking to make this a meaty dish, simply sub the tempeh for turkey sausage or another protein. (via Pickles & Honey)

3. Roasted Vegetable Galette: If you’re serving up dinner to a non-carnivorous friend or family member, skip the tofurkey for this delicious vegetable galette. With ingredients like carrots, parsnips, butternut squash and goat cheese wrapped in a warm crust, even meat lovers will want a bite. (via Cook Your Dream)

4. Simple Turnip Gratin: Fuss-free side dishes are an absolute *must* when you’re serving a big crowd. This easy gratin is made with seasonal turnips and just a handful of other complementary ingredients. (via Just a Little Bit of Bacon)

5. Sweet Potato Rounds With Herbed Ricotta and Walnuts: If you’re looking for a healthy-but-sweet version of bruschetta, using sweet potatoes is your answer. They’re jam-packed with nutrients, flavor and all-around goodness that your guests will go nuts over. (via The Roasted Root)

6. Garlicky Kale Salad With Crispy Chickpeas: Roasted garlic cloves and tandoori chickpeas are the stars of this dish, but it all comes together with the help of a bed of kale. The dish packs an unexpected hint of spice that goes perfectly with turkey and potatoes. (via Minimalist Baker)

7. Vegan Green Bean Casserole: Lose the added preservatives (and calories!) that are found in canned mushroom soup and serve up this green bean casserole instead. The fresh veggies and herbs are way more flavorful and healthier than anything you’ll find in a can. (via Eat the Love)

8. Herbed Wild Rice and Quinoa Stuffing: This flavorful stuffing substitute is packed with fresh herbs, apples, cranberries and pecans, making it a dish you’ll want to enjoy all throughout fall. And why not? It’s rich in protein and caters to almost any dietary restriction, so feel free to dig in! (via Kitchen Treaty)

9. Bacon Ranch Deviled Eggs: It doesn’t matter what holiday it is, deviled eggs are always a requirement. Flavor with bacon and ranch to ensure that kids and adults will both devour them. (via Parent Pretty)

10. Balsamic Rainbow Roasted Beets: Balsamic glaze perfectly highlights the earthiness of roasted beets. Even the beet naysayers will find themselves attracted to this dish. (via Back to Her Roots)

11. Cumin Roasted Cauliflower With Black Lentils: Looking for a healthy Thanksgiving dinner side dish that isn’t a potato? This cumin roasted cauliflower with black lentils is just what you need! (via The Awesome Green)

12. Butternut Squash and Kale Tart: The great thing about this tart (aside from its deliciousness, of course) is that it can be made completely ahead of time. Not to mention it has all of your sides in one dish. (via Passports and Pancakes)

13. Ginger Miso Acorn Squash With Toasted Pistachios: This Thanksgiving side stands on its own among all the traditional staples. It has a sweet and salty contrast that stuffing just doesn’t deliver. (via Snixy Kitchen)

14. Protein-Packed Vegan Mashed Potatoes and Gravy: Buried inside these mashed potatoes are sneaky swirls of hidden cauliflower and silken tofu. But don’t be scared, you won’t taste anything other than garlicky, cheesy vegan goodness. (via Eat Within Your Means)

15. Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Squash With Dried Cranberries and Dijon Vinaigrette: Crispy, caramelized and slightly bitter Brussels sprouts pair amazingly with sweet and creamy butternut squash, dried cranberries and Dijon vinaigrette. This dish is epic. (via Blogging Over Thyme)

16. Butternut Squash Orzo With Feta and Sage: If you’re not gorging on butternut squash this holiday season, what are you doing with your life? This massive casserole is enough to feed a small army so you can skip out on making anything else. (via The Mighty Mrs.)

17. Roasted Cinnamon Little Potatoes and Pumpkin: These roasted baby potatoes are not your average spud. They’re crispy, sweet and perfectly seasoned, so you’ll probably want to make extra. (via Noshing With the Nolands)

18. Roasted Butternut Squash, Kale and Cranberry Couscous: This salad could basically be a meal in itself. It’s got hearty grains and loads of veggies, but it’s also huge on flavor. It’s festive enough for your Thanksgiving table, but you’ll want to put it on repeat for weeknight dinners all winter long. (via Gimme Some Oven)

19. Sweet Pumpkin Buns: These pumpkin buns are pretty enough to be centerpieces. Smear with butter and maple syrup to enhance their sweetness. (via Lands & Flavors)

20. Stuffing Muffins With Mashed Potatoes and Gravy: The best part of Thanksgiving is mixing all of the foods on your plate together. Yes, this just makes the process all the faster. (via The Colorful Kitchen)

21. Brown Sugar Delicata Squash: If you’ve never had delicata squash, you’re missing out on so much sweet deliciousness. Let their flavor shine by intensifying them slightly with a sprinkling of brown sugar. (via Dinner at the Zoo)

22. Chorizo Cornbread Stuffing: This no-fuss make-ahead stuffing has just the right amount of kick. And if you’re serving this as a dressing rather than a stuffing, you can even make it ahead of time and just pop it in the oven 20 minutes before serving. (via Damn Delicious)

23. Kale and Collard Greens Gratin: Sturdy collard greens provide a base for a creamy sauce, breadcrumbs and crispy prosciutto. If this dish gets mixed up with the mashed potatoes on your plate, you won’t be sorry! (via The Vintage Mixer)

24. Slow Cooker Mexican Mac and Cheese: The added tomato and jalapeno really give this comfort food an added kick. And who doesn’t love macaroni and cheese leftovers? (via Today’s Creative Life)

25. Slow Cooker Cheesy Mushroom Quinoa: Keep the vegetarians at the table happy with this hearty make-ahead quinoa dish. Add whatever veggies you like but mushrooms are a *must.* (via Le Creme de la Crumb)

26. Garlic and Butter Green Beans: Any recipe that involves a microwave on Thanksgiving is a blessing. Seriously. Simply make these ahead of time and pop them in the microwave for a few minutes before dinnertime and you’re set. (via Jacquelynne Steves)

27. Balsamic Roasted Red Onions With Thyme: These tart onions serve as a great side for any meat, and you can also use them for breakfast the next morning. Omelets with onions and goat cheese, anyone? (via Nerds With Knives)

28. Creamy Baked Macaroni and Cheese: You can’t go wrong with classic mac and cheese. It’s creamy, cheesy and the ultimate crowd-pleaser for any holiday. (via Certified Pastry Aficionado)

29. Black Rice, Beet and Kale Salad With Cider Flax Dressing: This simple and vibrant salad has all of the perfect fall flavors, and you can make it a day or two ahead of the big dinner. There’s truly no better reason to scream “SCORE!” (via Yummy Beet)

30. Crock Pot Bacon Green Beans: It’s not a true Thanksgiving spread without grandma’s green beans on the table. And bacon makes everything better, doesn’t it? (via Julie’s Eats & Treats)

31. Mashed Potato Casserole: These mashed potatoes can be made pre-Turkey Day and simply reheated before meal time. Just add salt, pepper and a dash of nutmeg and you’ve got amazing potato heaven. (via Picture Perfect Meals)

32. Cinnamon-Sugar Hasselback Sweet Potatoes: Oatmeal. Cookie. Crumble. If that topper doesn’t tempt you to give these sweet potatoes a try, we’re not sure what will. (via How Sweet It Is)

33. Creamy Corn Pudding With Crispy Onions: With so many great alternatives to green bean casserole, you may find yourself with an extra can of fried onions on your hands. Show them off in whole new way atop this slightly sweet (but mostly savory) casserole. (via Pinch of Yum)

34. Kale and Wild Rice Casserole: Kale, mushrooms and onions mingle together ever-so-nicely in this casserole. Assemble it days ahead of time and simply pop it in the oven about an hour before you sit down for dinner. (via Half Baked Harvest)

35. Thanksgiving Root Vegetable Pie: Tuck into this mashed-sweet-potato-topped pie to reveal layers of chunky roasted root veggies and sautéed mushrooms hiding underneath. It’ll be hard hold back from having seconds (or thirds). (via Food52)

36. Potato-Goat Cheese Gratin: Crispy, creamy, cheesy and carby — what’s not to love about that? Switch up your standard potato preparation with this chic gratin. (via The Hungry Hounds)

37. Garlic Butter Mushroom Risotto: For a vegetarian-friendly side, simply simmer up this creamy mushroom and spinach risotto with vegetable broth. Whatever you do, don’t forget the cheese! (via Pinch of Yum)

38. Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad With Apples and Parmesan Crisps: This hot and cold salad features a tantalizing array of both sweet and savory elements. Plus, parmesan crisps are amazing on just about everything. (via Love and Garnish)

39. Cauliflower, Red Onion and Chestnut Tart: Just a small piece of this rich blue cheese bechamel tart will satisfy your taste buds while leaving plenty of room in your belly for more important things… like dessert. But don’t worry, we won’t tell the pumpkin pie if you’d rather have more of this tart. (via Martha Stewart)

40. Dijon Maple Green Beans With Caramelized Pecans, Bacon and Feta: When you think of green beans on Thanksgiving, you probably imagine overcooked casserole. These fresh and crispy beans are far from that with a luxurious bite thanks to bacon and feta. (via Carlsbad Cravings)

41. Butternut Potato Puffs: We couldn’t pass up this side based on its adorable name alone. Just squeeze seasoned potato and butternut squash puree through a large, star-topped piping bag and bake until golden brown all over. (via Bitter Sweet)

42. Triple Threat Potatoes: Why choose between baked, mashed, or fried potatoes when you can have all three in one? Technically, these potatoes could be an app or a side, either way, you need them in your life. (via Brit + Co.)

43. Red Wine Cremini Mushrooms: So… you need a last minute addition to your Thanksgiving spread but everything’s already taken. These sautéed red wine mushrooms are quick and easy and you can be sure no one else will bring them. (via Kristeena Michelle)

44. Sangria Cranberry Sauce: This recipe definitely gets how we roll. It’s a perfect side dish to share with your wine-loving squad at Friendsgiving. (via SheKnows)

45. Potato Rings With Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing: We imagine the whole “don’t play with your food” rule was set before these awesome potato rings were made. Though, maybe reserve the potato ring toss for after dinner. (via Spoon Fork Bacon)

46. Applesauce Mac and Cheese: Why leave applesauce all by its lonesome when you can have it buddy up with mac and cheese? While it may sound strange, apples and cheese totally go together. Pro tip: Try mixing in some chicken-apple sausage to amp up the apple flavor even more. (via Adventures in Cooking)

47. Mashed Butternut Squash With Goat Cheese and Rosemary: You’ve made mashed potatoes over and over again. Switch things up this year with this sweet and savory butternut squash mash with goat cheese and rosemary. (via Recipe Runner)

48. Roasted Sweet Potato, Wild Rice and Arugula Salad: Wild rice is chewy and nutty, and packs a punch with good-for-you fiber. Prep this salad ahead of time and mix in the arugula and dressing at the last minute. (via Pinch of Yum)

49. Rosemary Garlic Hasselback Potatoes: Potatoes are a serious Thanksgiving Day side. No pressure, but a lot of people are depending on you. These rosemary garlic potatoes only call for a few ingredients and can serve as the perfect low-calorie sub for french fries any day of the year. It’s a win-win. (via Feasting at Home)

50. Honey Garlic Roasted Carrots: Pumpkin and butternut squash get all of the orange vegetable glory on Thanksgiving. It’s time that carrots stood up and took their place at the head of the sides table once and for all. (via Carlsbad Cravings)

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